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What Is Fostering?

Fostering is your way of providing a child or young person with a safe, secure and loving home

Ever wondered what is fostering? If you’ve ever spent time with a foster carer then you’ll understand how unique and rewarding the whole experience of fostering can be.

There are numerous reasons why children and young people require foster care, and it is important to understand that each child is an individual and has their own story to tell.

Perpetual Fostering — It’s All About the Children

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As a leading independent fostering agency, we will always put the needs of the child first. This is why we provide a wide range of fostering services- to ensure that children and young people in foster care always have the best chance to lead a happy and healthy life.

From short-term fostering placements consisting of just a couple weeks, to much longer-term opportunities for children and young people who are unable to return to their own home, we are proud to be able to provide a wide range of fostering placements, as well as the highest level of support, training and financial incentives for people who are considering fostering a child.

A Message From Lisa, Perpetual Fostering Manager

What's it like to foster a child?

There are many reasons why people foster or become a foster parent, but the main motivation has to be the chance to make a positive contribution to the life of a foster child or young person in foster care.

Day-to-day contributions can be as simple as ensuring they have breakfast in the morning and a hot meal in the evening, but the difference this makes to foster children can be enormous. Making sure they get to the doctors on time for their appointment or that they take a pen to school can significantly improve life chances and outcomes for children and young people in regards to health and education.

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"Fostering is creating a caring home for children and young people, enabling them to develop and thrive."

By being the person who is there at key moments during their lives, to recognise and celebrate their achievement or commiserate in their failure, you are playing a vital role.

The journey from childhood to adulthood can be difficult and having a person to rely on to offer appropriate guidance makes all the difference – this person could be you.

Providing a sense of belonging is one of the most important gifts you can give. Creating opportunities for them to form close relationships and to feel valued by others in society is offering a fundamental essential to any child or young person’s sense of well being.

We're With You, Every Step of the Way

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If you feel you can help a child or young person who desperately needs it, then start a conversation with us today and find out how you can make a difference.

With several decades of experience in the care sector, our team of social workers are here to support you every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fostering

We have put together a few questions that are often asked. They may help you on your own journey to becoming a foster carer.

There are some basic checks which are required to begin with, namely:

  • You must have a spare room
  • You must be at least 21 years old
  • You must be a full time UK resident

There are other factors to take in to consideration too, including financial stability, you are in good health, your home is fit for purpose, your past (criminal convictions for example) and also your friends and family.

We have a guide available and lots of information about the pay you can receive to foster a child. This includes information on the benefits you can also still claim.

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You can choose the age and gender of a placement. However, you are far more likely to have continuous placements if you are willing to take teenagers as well as younger children.

You always have the ultimate decision on whether to accept a placement. However, as the duration of placements can often be unclear, you may need to take a flexible approach. We talk through the different types of placements with foster carers during the assessment period to help you make informed decisions.

We discuss every placement with you in advance. We will provide you with as much information about the children and their background as possible, including any difficult behaviour and how to manage it. If a placement is made in an emergency, it can be difficult to provide a lot of information We always try to give you as much background as we can.

In addition, if you explore other areas of this site, you’ll find that it contains more information. There are other resources plus several helpful fostering guides, including a section on fostering requirements.

Local authorities are ultimately responsible for the wellbeing of all children in care. If the local authority is unable to accommodate a child in care, they delegate this responsibility to an independent fostering agency (IFA) like us.

We work in partnership with the local authority to achieve the best possible outcomes for looked-after children and young people. The local authority sends us referrals for children from a variety of backgrounds that require different levels of support and care. All our carers receive comprehensive training and 24-hour support from our qualified staff.

What's next?

We're more than happy to answer any questions you might have about fostering. Please feel free to fill in the form below and someone will drop you an email back. Alternatively you can call us on 0800 009 6399. You're under no obligation - it's just an informal chat at this stage.

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